Job Clubs provide a service to assist jobseekers to enter / re-enter employment through the provision of individualised supports, a ‘drop in’ service, CV preparation and formal workshops. The Job Club service enables jobseekers to take positive steps towards realising their career plans and to explore and follow-up employment opportunities. Job Clubs provide active, practical and participative supports under the guidance and supervision of a Job Club leader.
The Job Club aims to expand awareness and to help jobseekers understand how the application of simple techniques can greatly enhance their jobseeking skills. Through the supports available jobseekers will be more acutely aware of their employable/marketable personal attributes.
individualised support: allows jobseekers to avail of practical and personal support on a one to one basis, for example pre-interview support
drop-in service: allows jobseekers to avail of the facilities of the Job Club (for example internet, telephone, photocopying) at their own convenience
formal workshops: can vary from 1 to 4 weeks depending on the needs of the jobseekers. A Participant Allowance is paid to those who complete each full weekly period of formal workshops
CV preparation: assist jobseekers in the preparation of a CV
Jobseekers must be referred through DEASP Intreo or DEASP’s nominated service providers to the formal workshops and CV preparation.
It is intended that the Job Club formal workshops will be flexible and responsive to the special requirements and aptitudes of jobseekers or sectorial requirements.
Topics covered on the workshops may include for example:
profiling of individual clients skills and matching with employment opportunities
individual Employment Plan
understanding of interview process; the employers approach and the development and practice of interview skills
registering with Jobs Ireland and uploading CV
letters of application and application forms
sourcing and approaching referees
local economy, employers, job opportunities
the value of transferable skills
communications skills in the workplace
group participation and motivation
using the internet in job searching, online applications
the current labour market
Aims and Benefits of a Job Club
develop jobseeking skills and techniques such as preparing a Curriculum Vitae and application letter
develop an individual job search plan
prepare for interviews
build relationships and rapport
develop verbal communication skills as well as body language skills
identify individual strengths and skills and match them to local work opportunities
identify ways to improve jobseeking decision-making capabilities
explore and analyse local work opportunities
have access to the facilities of the Job Club (telephones, computers, internet, email, newspapers, Jobs Ireland website, and other relevant data sources)
develop a network of contacts which can be of help in getting work
Training topics include health and safety, rules and regulations, the current labour market, CV preparation, career planning, job targeting, job seeking skills, sourcing jobs, applying for jobs, assertiveness, interview techniques, and mock interviews.
Job Club training duration is usually 1 to 4 weeks. However, back-up services are offered for as long as it takes the participant to get a job.